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New Accenture Microsoft Business Group Will Empower Cos on Digital Disruption

Accenture and Microsoft have announced to collaborate and form a business group named Accenture Microsoft Business Group, in conjunction with their joint venture Avanade. The new group elevates a longstanding strategic alliance, expanding combined service capabilities, global scale and joint solution development to help clients overcome disruption and lead transformation in their industries.

The group will unite 45,000 dedicated professionals  the largest group of Microsoft solution experts in the world and aim for new joint products and services built on the Microsoft cloud, clients will be able to engage customers in new ways, empower employees, reimagine operations and invent new products and services.The aim is to empower companies in the era of digital disruptions.

The Accenture Microsoft Business Group will be led by Emma Mcguigan, senior managing director, Accenture, who has been with the company for more than 20 years in various technology leadership roles. Adam Warby will continue to serve as the CEO of Avanade.

“The Accenture Microsoft Business Group is a major step forward in our decades-long relationship with Microsoft. It brings Accenture’s broad industry experience and transformation skills together with Microsoft’s powerful digital technologies and Avanade’s specialization in the Microsoft ecosystem,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer and chairman of the Avanade board. “The demand for digital transformation, powered by the cloud, has never been greater. We are bringing the leading capabilities of our companies together to meet this demand and deliver innovation to our clients.”

“The new business group brings together the leading technology innovation and industry experience from our companies to help clients transform their businesses and become intelligent enterprises,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services.

As digital disruption and innovation often occurs within industries, the group will co-invest in functional and industry solutions based on Microsoft technologies, with a mission to provide clients with the most comprehensive set of services focused on user experience, analytics and AI, cloud, security, IoT and other critical areas.

To help organizations across all industries, the new group will emphasize helping clients migrate to Microsoft Azure and effectively harness the power of data and artificial intelligence, optimize Microsoft business processes with Microsoft Dynamics 365, and foster modern work and collaboration with Microsoft 365.

Together, Accenture and Avanade have delivered more than 35,000 Microsoft projects for more than 4,000 clients around the world, helping companies such as Carlsberg and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) advance their digital transformation agendas.

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